I’ve got another quick and inexpensive sensory activity to share. Mini-trampolines are great and can be found in most therapy clinics, therapy rooms and classrooms. They work well because sensory needs can be met in a small space and small amount of time. I wanted to add something besides just jumping to the trampoline. Combining functional/purposeful activities with sensory activity is at the heart of Occupational Therapy.
I do sensory circuit training with the students. I always start with a minute of jumping followed by a minute of wall push-ups. Then I will do crossing mid-line activity, I call it Cross Touch or a Wheel barrel walk to the table. It gets them ready to write or do other fine-motor stuff.
Anyway, I wrote the numbers 1 to 20 on small sticky notes and taped them on the wall next to the trampoline. Then jump and touch the numbers in order to add a visual-motor component. The students have really enjoyed it. I move the numbers around depending on height and jumping height of the student. Some jump high and others jump low. I even arranged them in a circle this week as a pre-writing activity. I might go ahead and make nicer ones and laminate them. I could even make letters. There are lots of possibilities and the cost is low. That’s a win-win in my book. Here’s a few photos.
I finally laminated the numbers and created some more sticky notes with lowercase letters. The kids seem to like the numbers better. I was talking to the Speech Therapist about incorporating some language or articulation items. It’s a work in progress.
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